Two convicted of medicare fraud to be sentenced in Hattiesburg

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Two people are scheduled for sentencing Monday in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg in a health care fraud case that prosecutors say cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

An indictment says Theddis Marcel Pearson and Telandra Gail Jones owned Statewide Physical Medicine Group Inc., which billed Medicare and Medicaid for more than $39 million in services in Mississippi during the alleged conspiracy, from 2000 to 2005.

The government agencies paid out $18 million. Pearson and Jones were convicted in the case in July. Chuck Mullins, Pearson's attorney, says the defense plans to appeal the convictions.

The government seized more than $3.6 million, and prosecutors are seeking the forfeiture of several properties.

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